Idea - Aerating wort in a blender with fresh hops thrown in.

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Idea - Aerating wort in a blender with fresh hops thrown in.

Postby Guybrush » Fri Oct 01, 2010 10:05 am

So I came up with this idea....

Can I bust up hops and aerate my wort in a blender?

I'll throw a bunch of fresh hops-on-the-cone into a blender (or a food processor [the kind with 2 blades that spin in a circle]), and pour in some wort, then blend for a few seconds to bust up the fresh hops, and at the same time blend air into the wort. Then I'll throw the mixture into the fermenter and let the yeast have at 'er.

I could probably do it 3 or 4 times to blend a good amount of air into a respectable volume of wort.

But I think it's not a bad idea. I can't see any down side.

So I thought I'd ask y'all if you know of any thing bad that would happen from this?

Discuss.....
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Postby cannondale » Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:04 am

For the sake of efficient use of hops, I wouldn't do it.

You are talking about dry hopping in primary, which is fine in principle, but not until the initial vigorous ferment has completed. Otherwise, the CO2 will scrub off some of the hop aroma that you are presumably looking to add in the first place.

Having said that, if you were to decide to add this elixir once yeast activity has started to calm down, the whole enhanced aeration thing is moot. So you may as well just add the whole hops cones at that point (or wait until secondary).
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Postby iguenard » Sun Oct 03, 2010 8:28 am

Hops in a blender (or coffee grinder in my case) brings out green chlorophyl aromas that deter from the more delicate hop oils. Adds what I call leaf-juice to your wort. Not fun.

Also, hops resin is sticky and will kill your 300$ food processor. Not a good idea. I killed my coffee grinder the one time I did this.

Not a good idea.
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Postby markaberrant » Sun Oct 03, 2010 9:21 am

Sorry, I do not understand the reasoning behind this. What are you trying to accomplish?
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Postby Guybrush » Mon Oct 04, 2010 11:52 am

Excellent question, why am I trying to do this?

Not sure really, thought it would do 'something' interesting.

I guess, what I really am trying to do, is stop my whole cone fresh hops from absorbing all my precious beer when I rack the finished product off of the sediment. I hate how much more liquid they hold onto vs. not using fresh hops at all. So i thought I could bust 'em up in a food processor, and they'd have less 'absorbing' qualities. And it would bust out more hop flavour, but now I'm worried about this 'leaf-juice' iguenard eluded to earlier....

I'm still thinkin' I should try it though... just to teach myself a lesson. ahahha.

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